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Master of Science in Nursing: Adult Gerontology

Next Level Caring: Become an NP.

The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner student is prepared to provide and direct care to patients within the adult age spectrum, including late adolescence, in primary care settings.

This curriculum track prepares you for the certification examination as an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program.

CCNE Accredited

The master’s degree program in nursing at Florida Southern College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Top Reasons

Supportive Environment

The MSN program provides a supportive learning environment with the goal of producing responsible and productive citizens who promote and advance the communities they serve.

Caring Faculty

The MSN program faculty develop caring relationships within a positive and enriching environment that cares for the whole person.

Personal Touch

Through shared values and communal expectations, the MSN faculty and support staff actively engage with student’s growth as they pursue their academic goals.

Excellent Preparation

Our nursing students are well-prepared to take their board exams after graduation.  A comprehensive exam review and preparation course is built into our curriculum.  We boast a 93% pass rate for our Family Nurse Practitioner students and a 92% pass rate for our Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner students, well-above the national average.

Meet Our Mocs

Ernie Parani, APRN
Kara Pinero, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Laurel Lawerence, APRN
Samantha Rios
Satoria Reid-Rowe, APRN, Family Practice
Colleen Wallace, MSN, NP-C
Kari Simpson
Mary Cornejo

Program Details

Admission Requirements

  • Official transcripts of all academic work
  • BSN from a regionally-accredited institution and a CCNE, CNEA, or ACEN accredited nursing program
  • Record and submit three short videos (no more than 2 minutes each) answering the following prompts:
    1. Where do you see yourself in five years as a nurse practitioner, nurse leader, or nurse educator?
    2. Why is now the right time for you to begin a graduate nursing program?
    3. Graduate school will put significant demands on your time, energy, and financial resources. What do you see as your most significant challenges for meeting the didactic and clinical requirements for the program?
  • Current Résumé
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.
  • Required prerequisite courses completed with a “C” or better: health assessment, nursing research or evidence-based practice, and statistics or biostatistics course.
  • Proof of current active licensure as a registered nurse in the state of Florida.
  • Personal interview required for eligible candidates
  • Completion of a criminal background check, proof of immunization, and ten-panel drug screen (if admitted)

Additional International Requirements

  • Official Translated Transcripts With Course By Course Evaluation**
  • Bank Letter Verifying Funds of Sponsor***
  • Sponsor's Guarantee Form
  • Valid Passport
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS Score****

** SpanTran (discount available), Academic Evaluation Services, Inc., Josef Silny, or World Education Services or another similar approved transcript evaluation agency.

*** A bank letter is a written statement on bank letterhead and signed by a bank official.

**** Must have completed an English language training program or at least one year at an English speaking institution to waive the TOEFL/IELTS testing requirement.

Course Delivery

On Campus

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner students typically meet on campus one day per week for in-person classroom instruction. The curriculum is designed to be completed in five semesters. Actual time to degree completion may vary for individual students.


Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Core Curriculum - 22 Hours
Course NumberCourse Description
NUR 5120Leadership, Role Development and Advocacy for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 Hours)
NUR 5150Advanced Pharmacology (3 Hours)
NUR 5200Advanced Pathophysiology (3 Hours)
NUR 5220Advanced Health Assessment (4 Hours)
NUR 5250Evidence Translation and Quality Improvement for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 Hours)
NUR 5400Health Promotion and Clinical Prevention for Advanced Nursing Practice (2 Hours)
NUR 5450Informatics and Health Care Technologies (2 Hours)
NUR 6430Care of the Older Adult (2 Hours)
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Track - 19 Hours
Course NumberCourse Description
NUR 6110Advanced Practice Nurse I (6 Hours)
NUR 6160Advanced Practice Nurse II (6 Hours)
NUR 6210Advanced Practice Nurse III (6 Hours)
NUR 6500Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice (Comprehensive Exam Review/Preparation) (1 Hour)

Total Credits - 41 Hours

Clinical Practice Hour Requirement: At least 540 hours.

Program Costs


Base Required FeesCost
Tuition Per Credit Hour$650
Technology fee per semester is based on credit hours enrolled$25 to $100

$250 Non-Refundable Enrollment Deposit (Upon acceptance and applied toward your first semester tuition balance)

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I have a Bachelor degree in another field besides nursing. Am I eligible to apply for the MSN program at Florida Southern?

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing is one of the requirements for admission to our MSN program.  Students who are interested in nursing as a new career may wish to consider an accelerated “second bachelor’s degree” BSN program. Alternatively, they could complete an Associate of Science degree in Nursing (ASN) and then go on to enroll in an RN-BSN program.  This would give them the foundation needed to prepare for an MSN program. 

Do you require the GRE for admission?

No, we do not require the GRE for consideration for admission to our nursing programs.

For which types of careers will this program prepare me?

Our nurse educator and nursing administrative leadership tracks prepare graduates for a variety of positions in both primary and acute care health care settings. 

May I choose my own preceptors? Is there assistance if necessary?

Students have the opportunity to choose their own preceptors and are given access to our database of clinical sites at the start of their program.  If assistance is needed, we have a full-time clinical coordinator in the School of Nursing who can work with students to help identify preceptors to meet their clinical hour requirement.  Since we have relationships with clinical sites across the state of Florida, it is possible for nursing students to complete their clinical hours close to their home.

I previously started an MSN program at a different school. Can I transfer my courses?

Florida Southern allows up to two (2) graduate-level courses to transfer.  If you have taken more than two courses elsewhere, our MSN program director will determine which courses would be best to transfer to Florida Southern and which would be most beneficial to repeat at FSC.


Graduate Nursing Program Open House

Adult & Grad Admissions

Graduate Nursing Program Open House

Adult and Graduate

Oct 26 12:00 PM

Join us to learn more about what makes our nursing program unique.  See some of our students during a typical day in class and tour our new graduate nursing buildings and learning labs!


MSN and Post-Master's Nursing Virtual Information Session

Adult & Grad Admissions

MSN and Post-Master's Nursing Virtual Information Session

Adult and Graduate

Nov 14 5:30 PM

Join us online to learn more about our MSN tracks as well as Post-Master's certificate opportunities.  Hear from your program director and admission counselor to get your questions answered and get ready for your next steps in advancing your education and career!

Location: Online

Program Contact

Kimberly Smith Kimberly Smith

Admission Counselor and Advisor